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PAMF Breaks Ground on New Westside Clinic in Santa Cruz

The Palo Alto Medical Foundation held a groundbreaking on April 17, 2013, for a new primary care medical clinic in Santa Cruz, scheduled to open for patient care in July 2014. The 18,000-square-foot building will house family medicine, internal medicine and pediatric physicians, and urgent care services. The new facility will eventually accommodate 18 medical providers and support staff.

More than 70 local community leaders, Palo Alto Medical Foundation (PAMF) physicians and office staff and leadership were on-site for the celebration.  President of Sutter Health’s Peninsula Coastal Region Jeff Gerard, PAMF CEO Rich Slavin, M.D., and PAMF Santa Cruz President Larry deGhetaldi, M.D., were there to highlight the importance of this project and to honor PAMF organization’s history. 

“The journey to bring a state of the art, full-service primary care clinic to our Westside community began in the mid 1990s and now that vision is about to become a reality,” said Dr. DeGhetaldi. “Tireless and relentless efforts by several key individuals have helped make this happen.”

“As a parent who will bring her children here, I am grateful,” said Santa Cruz Mayor Hilary Bryant, also a Westside resident.

The new clinic will be located on Mission Street between Laurent and Van Ness in the area that currently contains an empty lot used for seasonal sales of pumpkins, rental housing and a small commercial center.  The clinic will consolidate and enhance the services provided by the existing downtown and Westside clinic offices, including primary care, radiology, laboratory and urgent care.  The new clinic will also include pediatric services (new to the Westside), space for Shared Medical Appointments (SMA), and a community meeting room.  Twelve physicians will move to the new location and the office will eventually accommodate 18 full-time providers. 

The 18,000-square-foot, two-story clinic will be consistent with the Mission Street Urban Design Plan and with the neighboring commercial and residential character.  The height and site placement of the building will help screen residences behind the development from Mission Street traffic and noise. The design gives special attention to pedestrian friendly facades with amenities such as recessed entries, extensive street-level windows, trelliswork, screened parking and abundant drought-tolerant landscaping. There will be parking for 88 cars, a new bus shelter, wider sidewalks and 20 bike parking spaces. 

Architecturally, the building will have extensive “green” features and a contemporary design reflective of PAMF’s recently completed 2907 Chanticleer medical office building in Santa Cruz.  The new office will be approximately four times the size of the existing offices combined.

Design and Construction Team

  • General Contractor – Bogard Construction
  • Major Sub-Contractors – K.T. Mechanical, Hope Electric, Connor Plumbing
  • Design Team – Ifland Engineers, Inc. (civil engineer), Thomas Scherer and Associates (landscape architect), PPD Multimedia (signage), Tharp & Associates (geotechnical engineering), Hamilton Swift & Associates (land use planning)

PAMF Santa Cruz is committed to using qualified local design and construction trade partners for its projects. 

More details on the new Westside clinic are online.